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1 Peter 5:8 (KJV)

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil as a roaring lion, walketh about wondering whom he may devour;

(NCV)
Control yourselves and be careful! The devil, your enemy, goes around like a roaring lion looking for someone to eat.

The dream was so vivid, so real I woke up emotionally beaten even though upon fully waking I knew it the act was not something that I personally do, yet it was a dire warning.

A open purse in an empty grocery cart, unguarded, back turned while absorbed in the now highly important task of label reading.  We have, if we reflect upon it, know someone
who religiously leaves their bag, electronic device or even vehicles unsecured, unwatched, vulnerable to the attention of roaming opportunists.

Upon closer inspection, noting that debit and credit cards are missing with shaking hands, now in panic we attempt to call and cancel our cards, not fully grasping the depths of this preventable violation.

Often our very hearts and minds are violated a by what we
permit to enter. The Bible text says to “be vigilant” yet in our passivity we view numerous hours of mindless television,  games, movies that have ever so subtly desensitized us to graphic and excessive violence.  On a daily basis we have a vast array of low moral exhibiting characters to view and discuss.  We have shaped our lives by what old folks used to call the “idiot box”.

The roaring lion has had many years of experience, his strategies evolve with each generation.  Lord, please help us to be more aware of the messages received and sent. More vigilant in protecting our minds against the evils of this world that seeks to drawings further and further away from You.

Making His praise glorious!

Ree

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Neighbor Lady

Psalm 6:4 Turn, LORD, and deliver me; save me because of your unfailing love.

Watching the news the other night reminded me of our most basic reason for being here. The lead story was told about vacant homes and the string of fires that had been destroying them.  Those same homes that prior to economic and family changes had fallen upon hard times, use to host hide and seek, bake sale preparations and cooking lessons.  These places once filled with hope, promise and love are mere shells of their former selves.  Seemingly gone are the days of neighbors looking out for one another. The neighborhood boy with the paper route and neighbor ladies sitting on the porch sharing coffee or wine. Connections, true connections must be built and  fostered.  As a Christian it is important to step out of my safe zone and extend my heart and open my arms to embrace those I call neighbor and desire to call brothers and sisters.   Lord, I thank you for clarity of thought, a heart desiring to do Your will and for the strength to move as You command.

Making His praise glorious!

Ree

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“I am the same as you in God‘s sight, I too am a piece of clay.” Job 33:6

On the shelf stacked by color with the other skeins of yarn it looked, just ordinary. Nothing about it jumped out trumpeting about its untapped promise, warmth or future beauty. To the untrained eye like my own a few months ago, it was just yarn. In the right hands with a spark of inspiration, the perfect pattern and time it would become a  beautiful and useful piece.  That is the story for so many of us!  In a crowd, singularly, quietly unremarkable, gray lumps of clay awaiting transformation in the hands of the Master.

Making His praise glorious!

Ree

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A Teachable Heart

The people wwere amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of law. Mark 1:22 (NIV)

I thank God for a teachable heart. A heart willing to try new things, entertain different ideas and learn from others. There were teaming crowds of teachable hearts surrounding Jesus. I figure there were scholars who could argue the relevancy of this lesson or the radical nature of that idea, but those teacheable hearts were sponges waiting to be filled and used. They soaked up those lessons on love and acceptance and spread out to share what they had learned. It is my desire to be one of those sponge who is willing to allow God to squeeze me to share with others so He can fill me some more.

Making His praise glorious!

Ree

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